Dow completes Freeport polyol expansion in Texas

02 July 2009 15:44  [Source: ICIS news]

Dow completes Freeport expansionHOUSTON (ICIS news)--Dow Chemical said on Thursday it completed the expansion of its specialty polyol capacity at the company’s Freeport plant in Texas.

The expansion project, which began in 2007, added 59,000 tonnes/year of specialty mix polyols capacity, the company said.

The additional capacity will support growing demand for end-use polyurethanes products and polyurethane systems formulations in North America, Dow said. 

“Sustained market needs in specialty products have been a driving factor in this capability enhancement,” Dow Polyurethanes global director for polyols Doug Warner said. 

Dow did not reveal the cost of the capacity addition nor its current capacity.

Polyols are a feedstock used in polyurethane (PU) foam production. PU foam is used in a broad range of applications including construction, automotive, appliance, furniture, bedding, shoe soles, decorative moulding and athletic equipment.  

Major US polyol producers include Dow Chemical, BASF, Bayer, Huntsman and Shell.

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